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Formica Realwood Lacewood used in sections of the lobby of 
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^ ORMICA is a modern plastic finishing material 
made with urea and phenolic resinoids absorbed in a 
fibrous base and cured under 350 degrees of heat 
Fahrenheit and 1100 lbs. of pressure to the square 
inch. It offers the architect a smooth, hard, wear- 
resisting covering for all types of flat surfaces. The 
sheets are chemically inert which makes them stain 
and spot-proof. They are available in a cigarette- 
proof grade. 

A wide range of colors — more than 70 — are offered. 
Simple designs may be produced by inlaying one color 
over another when the sheet is made. Metal inlays 
in natural, white and anodized colors are also possible, 
and photo murals may be pressed into the sheet. 




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The most commonly used form is a veneer yg of ^^ 
inch thick which is attached to a wood backing by 
gluing with Casein glue. Formica is also available as a 
wall board in ^ and /% of an inch thickness. The 
Formica Insulation Company operates a wood work- 
ing department where the veneers may be attached to 
plywood to form table tops, bar tops or counter tops, 
and wall paneling, which are shipped from the For- 
mica plant ready for erection. 

REALWOOD FORMICA 

This is a iV-inch thick sheet in which an actual wood 
veneer is incorporated, providing a genuine wood 
finish with all the qualities of a plastic. This genuine 
wood grain receives a very beautiful finish in which all 
the usual qualities of Formica are present — stability of 
color, resistance to abrasion, and chemical inertness. 

COLORS 

More than 70 colors are available, some of which are 
shown on pages 6and 7 , The Series B colors are made with 



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urea resins and are unusually stable, can be matched 
to samples, and produced in light shades. The Series A 
colors are phenolic and possess the usual limitation of 
phenolic colors, that they are inclined to turn toward 
the yellow on exposure to light, but they are available 
at lower costs. 

TRANSLUCENT FORMICA 

Made in white and several colors. It nriay be had with 
an opaque face in any Series B color. The material is 
made in flat sheets only, but by heating in warm water 
may be bent to a radius so that it will serve some of the 
purposes of tubing. 

THE COMPANY... 

ITS FACILITIES AND SERVICE 

The main plant of The Formica Insulation Company 
is located at Cincinnati, Ohio, and carries many 
varieties of Formica sheet in stock. About two weeks 
are required to produce sheet to order. Branch factories 
with stocks and cutting equipment are located in New 



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York and Chicago. The material is fabricated to archi- 
tects' details for erection by others. Formica engineers 
offer their services to the architect or designer who has 
a special problem. Special colors, designs and effects 
have been produced to meet requirements. For help 
on any specific problem, write direct to the main office. 



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Formica table tops and counters, wall panels, doors, 
inlaid murals are being used in stores, restaurants, 
ships, public buildings, theatres, schools and homes. 



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TABLE AND COUNTER TOPS 

Formica table tops provide beauty as well as long 
service everywhere that food and drink are served. 
The tops may be in solid colors, patterns, or with a 
border of one color and center of another. Character- 
istic inlays of monograms or of pictorial nature may 
be provided to make each installation individual. 
There are three surfaces — high gloss, satin or morocco. 
The edges may be the same color as the top or a 
contrasting color, or silver and black, or plain white 
metal in the form of a heavy extruded aluminum 
molding. 

The tops are constructed by veneering rs-inch Formica 
sheet on a five-ply center. All tops made at the 
Formica factory have a sealing ply of Formica on the 
bottom to prevent moisture penetrating the core and 
causing warping. 

A cigarette-proof sheet has been developed which 
makes it possible — at slight additional cost — to 
guarantee the tops against burning by cigarettes. 

COUNTER PANELS 

Panels for counters of all kinds are provided with 
Formica surfaces- These may be in the form of 
Formica wall board attached to a wood backing by 
means of metal cover strips, or Formica A-inch 
material veneered to plywood- Elaborate decorative 
inlays may be worked into these panels in color or 
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Main reading room in Lifaraiy of Congress Annex at Washington, D. C. 
Desk m background entirely Formica; Top and panels with inlays. So are 
the shelving behind the desk and the dark panels on the walls. All table 
tops Realwood Formica. Pierson & Wilson, ArchitectSn 




Typical booth installed by Childs Company at New York World's Fair: 
Counter tops red Formica and Formica translucent panels used in orange, 
yellow and amber for illuminated designs. 



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Formica Realwood wall covering on the elevator lobby of a chain store 
Bt Indianapolis, Ind. 



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Formica fronts on card index drawers of the main catalog in the Library 
of Congress Annex at Washington. Designed by Pierson 8c Wilson, 





Formica doors on one of the many moving picture theaters designed by 
John Eberson. 




FORMICA WAINSCOT 

Formica for this purpose is usually a sheet with a 
Formica surface on a hardboard center which is 
available in ^ and ^-inch thickness. It may be 
installed with bright metal cover strips or it may be 
flush joint. Construction details for both types are* 
shown on pages 8, 9 and 10. If cover strips are used, 
the edges of the hardboard sheets are nailed to the- 
wood backing and the nails are then covered with the 
metal cover strip. The thickness recommended if 
this treatment is used is ^ of an inch. For flush joint 
wainscot y^-inch material veneered to plywood may 
be used or ^^-inch thick hardboard with tongue and 
grooved wood strips glued to the edges. The material 
is installed by carpenters. The sheet sizes are 24 and 
36 inches wide and 42, 84 and 96 inches long. 

BASING AND MOP BOARDS 

Formica is used for basing on show cases and mop 
boards in rooms in the form of molded channels from 
4 to 8 inches wide with no fractional sizes. The 
channels are backed up by wood. The material is 
highly resistant to alkalies in washing solutions and 
will give long service without deterioration of the 
surface. 

DOORS OF FORMICA 

These are flush type doors with either wood, fireproof 
or sound -deadening cores with such inlays in either 
color or metal in the Formica surface sheets as may be 
desired. Formica doors are especially adaptable to 
toilet partitions as they are light and very permanent 
as to surface. 



REVOLVING DOORS 

Leading makers of revolving doors provide both doors 
and housings veneered with Formica, which may be 
in colors and with inlays. 

ELEVATOR DOORS 

Some very handsome elevator doors have been pro- 
duced with Formica in colors and inlays. The in- 
teriors of the elevator cabs may also be finished in 
Formica to match the doors. 



KICK PLATES AND PUSH PLATES 

These are cut to dimensions from sheet Formica of 
any grade, color or surface. They may be ^ or 



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place. They stand abuse, are easy to keep clean, and 
do not require laborious polishing, 

WINDOW STOOLS 

In the narrower sizes these are made with molded 
Formica channels into which wood is glued. The 
ends are veneered with Formica sheet. Stools are 
fabricated to dimensions at the factory. 

KITCHEN CABINET TOPS 

Tops for kitchen tables and butlers' pantries, where 
no sink is installed, are made in the same way that 
restaurant table and counter tops are produced by 
veneering ^-inch Formica sheet to plywood. Where 
a sink is used with the top, plywood is not satisfactory 
for a core and it is replaced with asbestos board which 
will not absorb moisture and change its dimensions. 
Raised edges and back and end splashes may be 
provided for these tops. 

FORMICA TOPS FOR BEDROOM 
FURNITURE 

In hotels, clubs and steamships, where the tops of 
bed or state room furniture are sometimes marred 
by smokers^ they can be protected by cigarette-proof 
Formica sheet which will also resist spotting with 
alcohol and cosmetics. On new furniture the 
Formica is usually installed at the furniture factory. 
On furniture already in use it may be cemented on or 
mechanically fastened. 

ORNAMENTAL SIGNS 

Formica signs may be produced by inlaying lettering 
of one color on a background of a contrasting color or 
by inlaying white or other colored metal. Signs may 
also be printed in gold or silver by the Verichrome 
process. Translucent Formica may be made with a 
white body and an opaque face in any color. The 
opaque face may be sandblasted away to form lettering 
which may be illuminated from the rear. 




Typical ftrst-clasa bathroom on the steamer Queen Mary in which the walla 
are finished in hardboard core Formica D-24 finish. 




Kitchen in which the cabinet tops are Formica and the wait covering 

in a\-inch hardboard installed with metal moidings. 




The Royal Suite in the Hotel Vancouver. The tops of the furniture are 
Formica Bella Rosa Reaiwood in thccigarettc-proof grade. 



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Formica paneling in the beauty salon of Herrod's Depart- 
ment Store in London, England, 



Formica bathroom in residence of Mr. Harry Kerr, The pattern 
is D-28 installed on plywood with alumilited metal molding. 





^ Dominion Qank branch at Ottawa modernized with 
Formica check desks, Formica counter and tellers' desks, 
Formica partitions and doors to manager's office, Douglas 
E. Kertland, Architect, Toronto. 



Formica shelving for books, large Formica wall panels made with hard- 
board core material, and Formica Realwood table tops were used in this 
reading room in the Annex to the Library of Congre&s- Pesigned by 
Pierson & Wilson, Architects, Washington, D, C. 




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Formica Realwood desk tops end table tops. Formica baseboard and 
chair rail in Annex to Library of Congress. Pierson & Wilson, Arch'ts. 



9 Bathroom with Formica covered walls in the 
home of Irving Solomon, Chicago, 111. 



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